Dr. Ariel Meyerstein
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Profession / Affiliation
Dr. Meyerstein is Vice President, Labor Affairs, Corporate Responsibility and Governance at the United States Council for International Business. Before joining the USCIB, he practiced in the field of international arbitration and public international law at Chadbourne & Parke LLP and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York. He received both his law degree and PhD in Jurisprudence & Social Policy from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and his BA in English & Comparative Literature and Human Rights from Columbia University. Before entering private practice he served as a Legal Adviser to the Hon. Charles N. Brower of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, where he also assisted Judge Brower in his capacity as an international arbitrator at 20 Essex St. Chambers in London. He also served as law clerk to the Hon. M. Margaret McKeown of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and as a judicial intern for United Nations ad hoc International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania. Meyerstein has published several articles on a wide variety of public and private international law topics, including human rights, sustainable development and international investment treaty arbitration.
United States Council for International Business
Definition of Responsible Investment Banking
Responsibility in investment and banking means thinking not only of the rate of return, but also the long-term impacts of the decision to finance.
Field of research, expertise
I am interested in corporate responsibility and the effectiveness of private, voluntary regulation.
United States Council for International Business New York, New York
Vice President, Labor Affairs, Corporate Responsibility & Governance April 2014 – present
• Lead USCIB’s policy work and international engagement on labor and employment issues and corporate responsibility at multi-stakeholder processes, including the International Labor Organization and OECD.
Chadbourne & Parke, LLP New York, New York
Litigation Associate March 2013 – April 2014
• Advised Middle Eastern central bank on civil liability in the United States for human rights violations in the aftermath of Supreme Court’s Kiobel decision.
• Draft pleadings in federal action against foreign state and state entities involving expropriation.
• Draft pleadings and manage discovery-related disputes in suit in federal court by terrorist bombing victims against foreign state entities.
• Researched and drafted pleadings in international investment treaty arbitration involving fertilizer project in Venezuela.
Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP New York, New York
Litigation Associate March 2011 – March 2013
• Researched and drafted memoranda, advised Fortune 500/FTSE 100 clients in international investment treaty arbitration involving world-class copper-gold extractive project in Pakistan.
• Investigated insider trading allegations, including managing small team in event history analysis of company stock data.
• Researched and drafted client update for private equity group on ESG due diligence.
• Pro bono representations: successful representation of transgender woman to recoup insurance benefits; Florida death penalty appeal.
Hon. Charles N. Brower, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal The Hague, The Netherlands
Legal Adviser Sept. 2008 – Sept. 2010
• Legal research and analysis related to State-to-State disputes, and commercial and investor-State arbitrations, including cases involving South Africa’s affirmative action policies in the extractive sector and the impact of Argentina’s emergency regulations on water infrastructure concessions.
• Researched and drafted several speeches and articles on international law.
Hon. M. Margaret McKeown, U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit San Diego, California
Judicial Clerk Sept. 2007 – Aug. 2008
• Among other appeals, drafted opinion on Alien Tort Statute case involving claims of gross violations of international human rights law in the extractive sector.
Reprieve London, United Kingdom
Legal Volunteer Summer 2007
• Drafted emergency motion before the D.C. Circuit and the Supreme Court and provided research as part of legal team representing Guantánamo Bay detainees.
David Caron, Professor of Law, Berkeley Law Berkeley, California
Research Assistant Sept. 2005 – May 2007
• Analyzed pleadings in NAFTA arbitration regarding government measures related to health and cultural impacts on indigenous peoples from extractive project.
The Asia Foundation – Rule of Law & Governance Programs San Francisco, California
Research Consultant Oct. 2006 – April 2007
• Synthesized fieldwork for a report on legal identity in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Nepal for the Asian Development Bank’s publication, Legal Identity for Inclusive Development (2007).
International Human Rights Law Clinic, Berkeley Law Berkeley, California
Intern Aug. 2005 – Dec. 2005
• Conducted comparative study of procedural rules of international courts to support African Court on Human and Peoples Rights’ revision of its procedural rules.
U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda Arusha, Tanzania
Judicial Intern Summer 2004
• Analyzed witness testimony, drafted “Factual Findings” section of final judgment involving war crimes and crimes against humanity.
• Traveled to Rwanda and conducted informal interviews with government officials and NGOs on judicial mechanism for processing mass incarcerated genocide suspects.
CCS Fundraising Washington, D.C./New York
Consultant Oct. 2002 – April 2003
• Collaborated on team conducting a feasibility study for $100 million capital campaign at U.S. Holocaust Museum; conducted interviews of former museum patrons to reengage their support.
Crimes of War Project Washington, D.C.
Program Manager June 2002 – September 2002
• Researched and drafted articles for online magazine focused on international humanitarian law.
PhD, Jurisprudence & Social Policy Program, University of California, Berkeley (2011)
Dissertation: “On the Effectiveness of Global Private Regulation: Implementation of the Equator Principles by Multinational Banks”
• Interviewed dozens of bankers and policy makers and conducted an online survey
of 24 global banks’ environmental and social risk practices.
• Awarded the Umeå School of Business Award at 2011 UN Principles for Responsible Investment / Sustainable Investment Research Platform Conference.
J.D., Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley (2006)
B.A., Columbia University, English Literature & Human Rights, cum laude (2002)
“The Equator Principles: Greenwash or Game-changers? Levels of Implementation, Transparency and Future Challenges,” in RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT BANKING – RISK MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORKS AND SOFT LAW STANDARDS (Springer, forthcoming 2014), Karen Wendt (ed.).
“Global Private Regulation in Development Finance,” in THE INTERNATIONALIZATION OF PUBLIC CONTRACTS (forthcoming 2014), Mathias Audit & Stephan Schill (eds.).
“Are big banks short-selling their leverage over human rights?” The Guardian Sustainable Business – Finance Hub (Oct. 31, 2013).
“The New Equator Principles III Amplify CSR For Financial Institutions,” CSR NEWSWIRE – TALKBACK (June 12, 2013).
“Transnational Private Financial Regulation and Sustainable Development: An Empirical Assessment of the Implementation of the Equator Principles,” 45 N.Y.U. J. INT’L. L. & POL. 487 (2013).
“The New Protectors of Rio: Global Finance and the Sustainable Development Agenda,”
7 SUSTAINABLE DEV. L. & POL’Y 8 (2013).
Law & Society Association Graduate Student Writing Prize (co-winner)
LAW & SOCIAL INQUIRY Graduate Student Writing Prize (co-winner)
Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation Dissertation Fellowship
Mellon Discovery Fellow, Townsend Center for the Humanities
American Jurisprudence Award (top grade) – Social Justice Writing Seminar
American Jurisprudence Award (top grade) – Law in Modern Social Thought
American Jurisprudence Award (top grade) – Refugee Law
Berkeley Human Rights Center Summer Fellowship
Dean’s Fellowship for Summer Public Interest Work
Basic Spanish and French; conversational Hebrew.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & CIVIC PARTICIPATION
New York bar (2011)
American Society of International Law (2007-present)
Amercan Bar Association (International Section) (2011-present)
This chapter assesses the implementation of the Equator Principles (EPs) based on survey research from participating banks and Equator Principle Financial Institutions (EPFIs). It documents how individual institutions have changed their organisational structures, policies, and procedures after adopting the EPs and how the regime has grown and evolved during its first decade, with particular emphasis on issues of transparency. The chapter closes by considering what lies in store for the next decade of the EPs.
Bankers, lawyers, corporate responsibility specialists.
Hobbies & Social Engagement
I’m involved in philanthropic work, most significantly in the New Israel Fund, as well as several professional associations, such as the American Society of Law, the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association.